This is an analysis of the poem Dies Illa that begins with:

How shall it be with them that day
When God demands of Earth His pay?... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: aaaa aaaa aaaaXaaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,9,
  • Closest metre: iambic tetrameter
  • –°losest rhyme: limerick
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11000011 11010101 00110101 11111101 11110101 01110101 01010101 100011101 11110101 11110101 11110101 01010111 11111111 11110111 11110101 11111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 143
  • Average number of words per stanza: 28
  • Amount of lines: 16
  • Average number of symbols per line: 35 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The speaker asks many questions. Perhaps, he or she is in confusion.

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  • summary of Dies Illa;
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